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Facts About Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the most commonly reported cause of heel discomfort. This condition targets the plantar fascia, which is a broad ligament that extends from the heel to toes. When it is overused, such as from running for long periods of time, tiny tears can result. This leads to irritation and inflammation and ultimately causes heel pain. The discomfort is more intense in the early morning, but can gradually subside as the day progresses due to the warming and stretching effects on the fascia. Problems with the foot's structure, such as flat feet or high arches, can contribute to plantar fasciitis, but its most common cause is repetitive use. It also can result from prolonged standing or wearing unsupportive footwear. Performing certain stretching exercises, refraining from walking barefoot, wearing appropriate footwear, and periodically resting the feet can help to alleviate the pain. An effective simple morning exercise involves flexing the foot ten times before getting out of bed, or after sitting for an extended period of time. In cases of persistent pain, custom orthotics for cushioning and night splints may be introduced. In more extreme scenarios, corticosteroid injections can offer pain relief. For help in managing the pain of plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Ronald Pieroni, DPM  from Bolingbrook Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Bolingbrook, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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